Meet Trouthunter: Super Helpful Reviewer

This week, we're recognizing Trailspace's outstanding reviewers and community members as part of our 20,000 Reviews Contest.

Today we meet Trouthunter, aka Mike Gartman. Mike wrote the gear review rated the most helpful of all on Trailspace.

If you've spent any time in Trailspace's forums, you've likely met Mike already and know what a knowledgeable outdoor gentleman he is. But, here's a little more about Mike, in his own words.

Background: Since 2000 I have lived near Charleston, S.C., a port city. I am married to my wife, Susan (at right with Mike). We have a 23-year-old son, Mike, and a 20-year-old daughter, Jen.

I am an interior trim carpenter and work on beach houses on the various barrier islands we have here on the coast. From 1984 to 1999 I lived near Chattanooga, Tenn.

Outdoors: Shortly after moving to Tennessee, I started hiking and fishing in the mountains and started buying gear. I started with Army surplus gear because that's about all I was aware of.

One day I drove past an outdoor gear outfitter and went inside. They had all kinds of cool stuff! They also put me in touch with a local hiking club where I met experienced people, and started backpacking with a couple guys on a regular basis. I love adventuring in the wilderness whether it's a day hike or a week-long backpacking trip.

Online Communities: I have participated in several online forums and Trailspace is my go-to site for information and gear reviews. The members here are knowledgeable, courteous, and eager to help. I am glad I found Trailspace. This site has really helped me learn many things.

Thanks for being such a helpful (and modest) community member, Mike! For his contributions, Mike will receive:

Congratulations, Trouthunter!

Thanks to Nikwax, CamelBak, Clif, Tilley, Buff, and Leave No Trace for the prizes.


Filed under: Reviewer of the Month

Comments

thetentman
RETAILER
5 reviewer rep
47 forum posts
November 19, 2010 at 3:14 p.m. (EST)

WTG, Trout. Thanks.

Mike Cipriani
2 reviewer rep
140 forum posts
November 19, 2010 at 4:29 p.m. (EST)

He has giving me a lot of very useful info and for that I say thanks Trout!!!

kayakingdog
51 reviewer rep
71 forum posts
November 19, 2010 at 6:11 p.m. (EST)

Thanks!! trout

XterroBrando
REVIEW CORPS
1,407 reviewer rep
442 forum posts
November 19, 2010 at 7:26 p.m. (EST)

couldn't be a more deserving member for this award. Way to go TH! I don't see myself having to write much of a review of my express spider after your superbly detailed review.

Not only a great review writer, but also a fantastic contributor on the forums!

trouthunter
MODERATOR REVIEW CORPS
998 reviewer rep
3,556 forum posts
November 19, 2010 at 9:05 p.m. (EST)

Thanks everyone.

I have really enjoyed my membership here.

I'm going camping this weekend and will have some photos to share. It's nice to have people to share adventures with who understand how fantastic adventuring is!

XterroBrando...I dunno, you have a big head start buddy, but I have some reviews coming.

Thanks Alicia, I will put those items to good use, and post reviews, I already spent the REI gift card on a book I wanted: How to be Expert with Map and Compass. Recommended to me by Bill S. (thanks Bill).

 

Alicia
TRAILSPACE STAFF
715 reviewer rep
3,166 forum posts
November 19, 2010 at 9:28 p.m. (EST)

I don't see myself having to write much of a review of my express spider after your superbly detailed review.

I don't believe it. I think you still need to share your review with us. The more voices the better!

As for Trouthunter being deserving, I wholeheartedly agree. When he said "The members here are knowledgeable, courteous, and eager to help" I thought he was describing himself exactly.

GaryPalmer
210 reviewer rep
4,348 forum posts
November 19, 2010 at 10:53 p.m. (EST)

Great going Trout, Congradulations!

mikemorrow
344 reviewer rep
1,124 forum posts
November 20, 2010 at 7:19 a.m. (EST)

Congradulations Trout!

BigSmoke
33 reviewer rep
201 forum posts
November 20, 2010 at 7:41 a.m. (EST)

Thanks Trout. Keep it up buddy, your reviews are always helpful!

D&G in the Smokys
75 reviewer rep
306 forum posts
November 20, 2010 at 8:41 a.m. (EST)

Good to see you in the "Winner's Circle" too!  Way to go bud and keep it up!

XterroBrando
REVIEW CORPS
1,407 reviewer rep
442 forum posts
November 21, 2010 at 4:24 p.m. (EST)

Enjoy your weekend trip TH!

gonzan
MODERATOR REVIEW CORPS
658 reviewer rep
2,149 forum posts
November 22, 2010 at 9:27 a.m. (EST)

Congratulations, Trout!

rescue_ranger
25 reviewer rep
67 forum posts
November 23, 2010 at 11:04 a.m. (EST)

WTG Trout have a great T-day

RR

Rick-Pittsburgh
1,631 reviewer rep
3,962 forum posts
November 26, 2010 at 11:58 p.m. (EST)

Congrats TH. Well deserved.

trouthunter
MODERATOR REVIEW CORPS
998 reviewer rep
3,556 forum posts
November 28, 2010 at 8:36 p.m. (EST)

Thanks a lot you guys, I enjoyed doing the stove review and hope to do many more.

I have a short trip report coming from my trip last weekend, here's a photo.


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rdagg
26 reviewer rep
56 forum posts
December 2, 2010 at 5:52 a.m. (EST)

Right on dude!

Please keep up the energy and enthusiasm.

Have a great (winter) season camping =)

Derville
0 reviewer rep
12 forum posts
April 15, 2011 at 4:01 p.m. (EDT)

Even with my brief bumping around the threads here, I have learned to appreciate the perspective of Troutrunner and Alicia.  Many thanks to you both.

Callahan
255 reviewer rep
1,469 forum posts
May 5, 2011 at 4:14 p.m. (EDT)

I would have to agree as "Trouthunter"  has been most helpful for me, more than once.

N2DaWild
122 reviewer rep
69 forum posts
May 9, 2011 at 2:09 p.m. (EDT)

Hi-five bro.

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